Pro Bono: Making the Choice to Make an Impact
From humble beginnings to the law firm we've become, we remain devoted to helping our communities thrive.
The attorneys of Nexsen Pruet have long understood the importance of choosing to support the communities where we live and work. It is a commitment that dates back to our early years, when Julian Nexsen, for whom our law firm is named, provided legal services free of charge to a wide range of charitable and nonprofit organizations in South Carolina.
Today, we proudly carry on this rich tradition of assisting those who may have limited means to hire legal counsel or may be facing insurmountable obstacles as they seek access to justice.
Our attorneys provide pro bono services to citizens throughout the Carolinas and to organizations dedicated to delivering legal services to those less fortunate. We aim to identify pro bono clients who have both great need and who are most likely to benefit from our capabilities and experience. Cases and matters span a wide range of practice areas and are handled by teams from all eight firm locations.
Nexsen Pruet’s Pro Bono Committee reviews and approves all pro bono work to ensure it reflects firm policies and goals, while representing meaningful, powerful, and enduring opportunities to serve.
Here are a few examples of how our attorneys are making the choice to make an impact:
- Mike Scott (pictured below), through his first project with the South Carolina Appellate Practice Project, secured the release of an individual who was originally accused and convicted by the court of drug trafficking in Spartanburg County and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Click here or on the image to learn more.
In early 2018, the S.C. Attorney General launched the Veterans Active/Reserve Legal Outreach (VALOR) program, which works to provide free legal services to veterans and their families. COL William Floyd, a member of the firm’s Employment & Labor Law Group, in his role as Commander of the South Carolina State JAG Corps Detachment, worked with a group to assist nearly 60 veterans, and their spouses, with personal legal matters. Judge David G. Guyton, who conducted the inaugural event, summarized his praise of the program, saying, “Gentlemen, simply put, you positively changed lives for a lot of Veterans and their families yesterday.” Nexsen Pruet also supplied IT support for the event.
- Columbia litigation partner Marc Manos has helped SC non-profit Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. located in Chapin, SC, negotiate with a retailer for distribution of a software program. The software program helps spot grade level deficits in elementary, middle school and high school and actually prepares a plan for how to improve them. The non-profit has helped turn around underperforming districts or schools in Alabama, Arkansas and Indiana.
- David Robinson, attorney in Nexsen Pruet’s Raleigh office, was named 2014 Flag Day Volunteer of the Year by the Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina – CARES. In recognition of the honor, he was presented the “Flag Patch Plaque” – so-called because it contains a real U.S. Army Flag Shoulder Patch worn in combat in Iraq. Robinson, on behalf of firm pro bono client Veterans Leadership Council, closed the largest HUD Community Development Block Grant ever awarded in NC. The proceeds are being used to renovate a large complex in Butner, NC for use as a transitional housing and treatment facility for homeless veterans and their families. The public-private partnership Robinson created includes VLC, the Town of Butner, the NC Department of Commerce, HUD, the VA, the NC Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center, DHHS, and several area Universities and private treatment facilities.
- Jim Rourke, a member of the firm’s Tax Practice Group and a Captain in the South Carolina National Guard, works with the Guard’s family support groups to provide tax-related assistance to veterans and their families during and after deployments.
- Charleston Litigation partner Bruce Wallace recently served as pro bono counsel to argue a motion to amend a criminal sentence in US District Court. Based on medical evidence supporting an amended sentence that did not include imprisonment, the Court amended the defendant’s sentence to time served and tailored conditions for supervised release, including specific medical treatment and counseling. Bruce also volunteers as a mentor for the US Probation Office’s federal drug court known as the Bridge Program.